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Logan County Pioneers:

Veniah Skeels, Dailey

In 1900 Republic County, Kansas, Van Skeels is 43, married 15 years to Linda 15. She's had six kids, four living. Bessie born Oct 1885, Leslie Oct 1890, Everet May 1893, and R. Otis Aug 1899, all born in Kansas.

In 1905 Republic County, Van S. "Sheels" is 47, Linda 41, Bessie 19, Leslie 14, Everett 11, and Otis 5.

In 1910 Logan County, "Vennah" G. Skeels is farming, widowed, 51, Leslie V. 18, Everett A. 16, and Ralph O. 10.

Veniah S. Skeels proved up a quarter in 33, 10N 48W in 1914.
He added another 40 acres in 1920.

V.S. Skeels married Edith Hutzel on October 9, 1917, recorded in Logan County.

In 1920 Logan County, Veniah is 60, now married to Edith 49 born in Wisconsin. Next household is Leslie Skeels 29 married to Gertrude 33 born in Nebraska.
Leslie's sister Bessie Lyman 35 is widowed, with Frances 11, Dorothy 10, Vera 9, Horace 4, and Harlin eight months.
Edith Alice Skeels, formerly Edith Hutzel, proved up two quarters in 10N 48W in 1921.

Veniah and Edith are still in Logan County in 1940.

Veniah 1858-1942 is buried in Republic County, Kansas # 40230376

Belleville, Kansas, February 26, 1942 "Out of town friends and relatives who attended the Van Skeels funeral Monday morning were Mrs. Edith Skeels of Dailey, Colo., Mrs. Bessie Lyman and Horace of Sterling, Colo., Leslie Skeels of Haxtun, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Everet Finn and Leroy Skeels of Animosa, Iowa."

1945 Dailey news "Mrs. Julia McCulloch was a supper guest of Mrs. Edith Skeels Monday evening."

Edith A. (Bloom) (Hutzel) Skeels is buried in Page County, dying in Haxtun July 28, 1951.


Otis Ralph Skeels registered for WWI with a Haxtun address, born August 13, 1899, farming for his father.

In 1930 Haxtun, "Otis" is a farm laborer, 30, with Ruth 23 Nebraska, Imogene 2 and Gwendolyn two months.

Yuma County Colorado - Pleasant Valley school, southeast of Haxtun about thirty miles August 30, 1934 Mr. and Mrs. K.C. Hinde and sons are moving this week to the farm which Otis Skeels farmed this summer. Mr. Skeels will move to the place farmed by Mr. Hinde. Mr. Hinde will teach the Pleasant Valley School this term." "

In 1940 Logan County, Otis R. Skeels is farming 40, with Ruth B. 32. Otis R. Skeels and Ruth B. McColl had Imogene Nov 24, 1927 at Byers, Colorado. born in Nebraska. Imogene is 12, G. Beth 3, and Ralph E. newborn, all three born in Colorado. They were in Phillips County, Colorado in 1935.

In 1970 Denver, Otis R. (Ruth) is retired - they live at 7240 E. 75th Place, Commerce City.
Otis died in April 1978, last residence Denver.
Ruth was in Sherman County, Nebraska in 1910, 3, with Claude J. 26 and Edna 25 McCall. George is 5.
Claude Jerome McCall 1885-1950 is buried in Los Angeles # 47540573.
Edna (Bell) Beebe is buried in Sterling # 40491303, with Daniel Austin Beebe 1869-1950.

Ralph E. (Jane M.) works at a tire company, and they live on Poplar Street in Commerce City.

Imogene Belle (Skeels) Rohn 1927-1994 is buried in Fort Morgan # 53174149, with Henry 1921-2004.

Ralph Eugene Skeels, born October 7, 1936 at Sterling to Otis and Ruth (mcCall) Skeels, died July 24, 2006.
Ralph 1936-2006 # 114007571 and Mary 1941-2011 are buried in Denver Fairmount, married Feb 14, 1965.

Mary Jane Skeels was born on June 11, 1941 in Fort Morgan, Colorado to parents Jake Weimer and Mabel Gettman. She passed away on May 6, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. She is survived by numerous loving relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph Skeels. Visitation is Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 4PM to 7PM and Funeral Service is Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9AM; both at Olinger Highland Mortuary, Thornton, Colorado. Burial to follow service at Fairmount Cemetery. Mary Jane will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her. She will be forever in our hearts and in our minds. Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, Thornton, CO.

Gwendolyn B. Aspinall is in Denver in 1958, married to Darrell D. Aspinwall.
"Aspinwall, David Charles was born on April 15, 1955 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of Darrell David and Gwendolyn Beth (Skeels) Aspinwall. "


Ellsworth M. Skeels proved up a quarter in section 26, 10N 48W in 1914.


Bessie had married Walter Lewis Pack 1886-1961, and separated.
Bessie C. Skeels married Harry H. Lyman on November 28, 1907, recorded in Logan COunty.

Walt L. Pack married Bessie C. Lyman August 10, 1926, recorded in Logan County.

She's buried in Haxtun 1885-1964 # 44089600.

Harry Lyman met Bessie Skeels while harvesting in Kansas. He had a homestead northwest of Haxtun, Colorado. She came to Colorado in 1907 and married Harry. They lived there and 3 girls were born. They then moved to Haxtun. Bessie had a nervous breakdown after the 3rd girl was born. Harry helped the Lyman boys on the thrashing machine and also drilled water wells south of Haxtun and Frank Dilliner and Everett Skeels used to help. They moved from there to Dailey, Colorado and helped Asa Lyman run a garage and sharpened plow lays for the farmers. Asa went to World War I over seas and Harry took care of things. He built a 6 roomed house and 3 months after the family moved in, he got influenza and pneumonia and died leaving 4 children and a baby 3 months on the way, the oldest girl was 10 years old. Bessie had to sell the home. It was built on a loan and she had no way to make payments. There was enough left after bills to build a small one room house with an attic where Bessie raised 5 children with the help of $15 widows pension and $15 from the county and she and the children worked at whatever they could. They went to school at Dailey, Colorado. Bessie died of a heart attack at the age of 78. She loved her church (Assembly of God), was active up until the last day. Pieced lap robes for the homes, embroidered pillow cases for the church, made scrap books for children. (notes of Grace Clemons) 
Dutcher, Dorothy P. 23 Feb 1910 in Haxtun, Phillips Co., Colorado Died: 16 Sept 1990 in Sterling, Logan Co., Colorado
Parents: Harry H. and Bessie C. Skeels Lyman
Husband: Glen D. Dutcher
Children: Bill, Larry, Dale, Betty Serr
Brother: Hal Lyman
Sisters: Frances Smith, Vera


Leslie V. Skeels married Alice Gertrude McConville on October 29, 1919, recorded in Phillips County.
Leslie proved up a quarter in 33, 10N 48W in 1917, and another in section 23 in 1922.

Leslie 1890-1979 # 51162094 is buried in Sterling, with Alice Gertrude (McConville) Skeels 1886-1956.

"Marie F. Skalla, 82, of Sterling, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, in Sterling. Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tennant Funeral Home, with rosary to follow at 6 p.m. Mass of Christiaii burial is Thursday, Dec. 11 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. James Baird officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Skalla was born Feb. 19, 1921, in Haxtun to Leslie and Gertrude Skeels. She graduated from Haxtun High School. On April 6, 1940, she married Dan G. Skalla. She worked at Logan County Hospital for 25 years."


Everett Arlon Skeels registered for WWI in Logan County, born May 9, 1893 at Norway, Kansas, farming, married.
"Evert" A. Skeels married Blanch Burns on December 25, 1914, recorded in Phillips County.

Everett claimed a quarter in 2, 8N 49W in 1919.
He and Blanche are farming in Logan County in 1920, and have Norene 8 in 1930. Blanch is 34, born in Missouri.

Walter Lewis Pack, born Aug 21, 1886 in Marion County, Iowa, dying 1961, buried in Haxtun  with two spouses -FindaGrave says he married Bessie Skeels between 1923 and 1930, separated by 1930, and were divorced.  The first wife Elta M. (Mock) Pack 1890-1923 had Clyde Leslie Mock in 1911 in Missouri, dying 1921, also buried in Haxtun.

 Walt L. Pack married Bessie C. Lyman Aug 10, 1926, recorded in Logan County.

In 1930 Logan County, Walter, 42, is farming, and Frank, widowed, 66, is with him, both born in Iowa.  On the same census page are Everett and Blanch Skeels.
Everett 1893-1968 is buried in Sterling # 55547045, with N. Blanche 1896-1965.

Blanche's sister Golda Ethel Claypool, daughter of Isaac and Jennie Bell (Kennedy) Burns, is buried in Fleming with her husband Carl Rex Claypool.

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